The Hinterland Environmental Water Scheme (HEWS) is a climate adaptive project dedicated to repurposing Class A recycled water for local food production, firefighting and environmental benefits within the Hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula.

Our Founding Board

Steven Marshall

Steven is our resident Argonomist, with first-hand experience in running profitable farming enterprises. Currently the Managing Director of Peninsula Horticultural Designs, Peninsula Avocados, and Watershed Innovations, Steven’s raft of experience in agricultural management means his passion for finding water solutions for clients has led him to specialise in desalination technology and the use of recycled water for agricultural purposes. Steven consults on horticulture and water management internationally, whilst serving local communities through his membership on the Victoria Farmers Federation, Mornington Shire’s Food Industry Advisory Board, and the Peninsula Reclaimed Water Concept.

Russell Joseph

While initially starting his education in Chemical Engineering, Russell moved into the construction industry and developed his trade and construction skills while self-employed for over 25 years. In recent years Russell has worked in the political realm as an electorate officer, advisor and manager through the Victorian Parliament as well as having experience as a political candidate. Russell is currently the director of a strategic policy business with clients in the corporate and local government sector while sitting on the board of the HEWS and a founding member o Peninsula Community Housing.

Alana Jones

A strategic customer engagement expert with over 12 years’ experience managing customer engagement projects, product development and marketing and customer campaign projects, across utilities, retail and academia. Experienced in digital transformation projects, customer and stakeholder engagement, product development and innovation, strategic communication, consumer behaviour understanding and people leadership. Most recent experience is as a customer innovation project manager at South East Water and a Cross-Business Working Group Manager on a digital transformation project within the water sector.

Allister Smith

With 15 years of finance, risk management, strategic and operational insights from a range of business sectors, Allister has key strengths in portfolio and project management, property, credit and investment risk management. Allister has held positions such as COO, CFO and was a senior banker at NAB and a key Corporate Banking Relationship Manager where he made the move from Westpac several years earlier. Allister currently holds multiple Directorships and investments across Property and Civil Construction Industries, Allister has a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Christine Haydon

Christine Haydon brings broad general management experience as the previous CEO of a Public Sector Organisation which handled a wide range of reform. In addition Christine was a General/State Manager in retail banking responsibilities across Victoria, South Australia and West Australia. Her volunteer experience includes Trustee of Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Chair of Southern Peninsula Rural Protection Group, Co-founder of Peninsula Speaks and President of Flinders Art Show.


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Contact Us

For more information on HEWS or media enquiries, please contact:

Russell Joseph
HEWS Secretary